Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter says sci­en­tific re­search linked to de­vel­op­ment

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr. Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares high­lighted yes­ter­day the need to re­vamp sci­en­tific re­search for in­creased de­vel­op­ment and to reap the re­wards of a boom in tech­nol­ogy.

In a speech to open the 38th ses­sion of the Fed­er­a­tion of Arab Sci­en­tific Re­search Coun­cils (FASRC), Fares noted that the Arab world has long been a pioneer in sci­en­tific re­search, cit­ing a golden era where Europe and the Western world lagged far be­hind.

More­over, the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion un­der­scored the need to pri­or­i­tize tech­no­log­i­cal re­search in the Arab world, where spend­ing on re­search merely amounts to 0.5 per­cent, ad­ding that the two-day meet­ing al­lows rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Arab na­tions to ex­change views on strate­gies to de­velop sci­en­tific re­search.

Mean­while, on Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Re­search (KISR), he de­scribed it as a bas­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal re­search, not­ing that KISR's in­cep­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the coun­try's cog­nizance of the im­por­tance of sci­en­tific re­search.

In a speech of his own, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­en­tific Re­search Dr. Azhari Ab­dul­baqi said that sci­en­tific re­search is the cor­ner­stone of hu­man knowl­edge and a ma­jor in­di­ca­tor of global de­vel­op­ment.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Arab League Am­bas­sador Waleed Oth­man pointed out that sci­en­tific re­search is an in­te­gral com­po­nent of de­vel­op­ment, as he spoke of the dire need to es­tab­lish con­certed ef­forts to pro­mote re­search and cre­ativ­ity. Sim­i­larly, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of FASRC Dr. Mubarak Ma­jthoub said that re­search and de­vel­op­ment are of­ten in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked, urg­ing Arab lead­ers to step up ef­forts to sup­port re­search en­deav­ors. — KUNA

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares

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